Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Halloween Tag



The seam binding was inked with distress stains.
TH Alterations tree folder with distress ink pad in a circular pattern before running it through die cutting machine. Love the details from it.
The spiders were stamped with black ink, rock candy stickles on the body of spider.
Tag and pumpkins were ink and a foam applicator with distress ink was used to color.  

Friday, September 23, 2011

Published in Just Cards!!


I got a package in the mail today it's a copy of Just Cards! Volume 23 Fall 2011. It's a card I sent October 2009 and it's on page 30.
 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Inspiration Showcase

Jennifer McGuire has wonderful online classes for those that paid a reasonable price of $19.00 for classes from September 12th through the 23rd.
I was making the heart pieces like Jennifer shares in the classes.
In mid-stream I changed from hearts to flowers.
I used my Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter to cut the flowers. The flower pattern was a free digital download for the class.

Day 7 Flower #16


Day 7 Flower #17
Day 7 Flower #18

Day 7 Flower #19


Day 7 Flower #20



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tutorial for Tag Booklet




I love to make handmade books.
The cover, spine and pages can be adapted

to make any size book. 

Making up these instructions are my own.


My daughter owns and operated an antique shop in Southern Kansas. 
When she has too much of one item she brings them
to me to use in my artwork.
This is how I came about using game boards for the base of
my books and Kraft paper for the covers. 



Supplies:
Distress ink (vintage photo)
Kraft paper
Rubber stamps
Archival ink (black)
Glossy Card stock
Zutter Bind-it-All
5/8” Owires
3M Spray Mount Artist’s Adhesive
White card stock or 14pt file folders
White 2" masking tape
Paper trimmer
12” Tim Holtz ruler
Studio Multi-Medium 
 (adhesive)
Martha Stewart score board
Cutting Rotary Mat
Craft mat knife
Game board or heavy duty cardboard
This booklet was made for my #8 finished tags; 3 1/8” x 6 ¼.” 
Instructions:
1. Cut scrabble game board into two pieces down the center fold with a craft knife. Set one aside for another booklet. Each piece is now seven inches by fourteen inches long. Place one piece down on rotary mat. Use mat cutter with metal edge of ruler to cut front and back book pieces. I cut one piece from left finished seam and one piece from the right finished seam, and then the seam binding and spacers from remainer of game board. 
These measurements are:
2 pieces 4” x 7”
1 piece 1 & 1/4” x 7”
2 pieces of game board as spacer
Set aside for now
Note: For safety, please use a new blade when cutting the game board or thick book board.  
2. Cut a 10” x 14” piece of Kraft paper; crumble the paper with your hands (try not to tear the paper as you crumble,) smooth out, crumble several times and then smooth out. Spray one side of Kraft paper with adhesive outdoors or in well ventilated area. Leave outside for a little while, bring in and place down on craft table adhesive side up.
3. Place the pieces of game board down over the adhesive. Allow an even space between the front, back and spine using the spacer pieces. (As seen in photo)
4. Use scissors to cut all four outside corners on a diagonal.


5. Crease and fold all edges inward.



6. Measure and cut one piece of masking tape 2 inches by 7 inches, cover the inside of spine. Cut another piece of white masking tape 2 inches by 9 inches long, add to outside of spine and continue to inside of spine. Press down until smooth.

7. Cut two pieces of Kraft paper and glue on inside to cover up scrabble game board.
8. Use Vintage Photo distress ink direct to color the book cover and on the inside. Or finish as desired.

9. Use paper trimmer to cut two pieces of card stock 4 3/8” x 6 3/4.” This will be the inside front and back face cover.

10. Use Bind-it-All tool to punch 12 holes in these two pieces as directed on instructions.  

11. Next, use score board to crease a valley folds ¾” on front and back pieces. 

12. Cut 12-15 pages of card stock 3½” x 6 ¾”

13. Use the instructions from the Bind-it-All to punch hole into each page

14. Make a stack with one page (mountain fold) 4 3/8” x 6 ¾”, 15 cardstock pages 3 ½” x 6 ¾” and then one page (mountain fold) 4 3/8” x 6 ¾” together.

15. Use tool to cut 5/8” Owires 6 inches long. (12 wires)
16. With the stacked pieces of cardstock place them in the Bind-It-All and then bind together.  When you have the owires and paper together they will look like the photo below with valley fold of front and back pieces and pages in the middle.
Note: The ends of wires will not be seen they will be under the card stock next to spine.
17. Insert the pages in center of center spine.  Close the booklet and check that the Owires are at the center of booklet. Open carefully and glue one side at a time, and center the booklet with even spaces on both sides with valley folds at folds of spine. 
Note: Glue the inside front and back pieces with the valley folds in center of booklet, I used a credit card with Studio Multi- Medium as an adhesive. Smooth with Speelball 4" Baren until it is smooth and applied to book. (Rubbing with your hand will do as well to get a smooth finish)

18. Final step: Embellish your booklet! 

Have fun making your booklet!!

Comments Aprreciated!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Embossed Frame




I would like to invite you to my Technique Tuesday over on http://craftingwithowse.blogspot.com/ 
to see how I made this card.

Comments Appreciated!!